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traditional

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    Clifford Read

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  1. Larry's '61 Chevy Biscayne 2 door sedan (in his own words)

    Back-up lights were standard on only the Impala in '61. On the Biscayne and Belair they may have been optional, but they certainly weren't present on our Biscayne. You will see them on some restorations, but seldom on period photos of '61 Biscaynes
  2. Back in 1983, my brother, Cliff, and I purchased a full-size1961 Chevrolet Biscayne 2 door sedan and began a 2 year total 'body off ' restoration. This car has a radio and heater delete option, is equipped with a 'tri-power' 348 'W' block engine, an aluminum cased Borg Warner T10 4 speed transmission, a 'posi' rear axle, and a factory tachometer (mounted at the 10:00 oclock position on the steering column) . As a passionate model builder, a 1/25 model of our car has always been on my back burner and has finally come to fruition over this past winter and late spring...my model building season of choice. Although there may be simple resin versions available, no kit or toy manufacturer produces a 1/25 or 1/24 '61 Biscayne so I began with a TESTORS 1/25 kit of an Impala hardtop, a bit basic but appropriate starting material. including the obvious absence of most exterior trim, a Biscayne is remarkably different from an Impala hardtop in roof, door, and trunk structure, front, side, and rear glass form, as well as incorporating an entirely different interior...headliner, door panels, seats, dash trim, etc. Since I always like to fabricate operating features into my models, for durability, the entire roof, door and window frames and their hinges, hood and trunk hinge detail, opening gas filler door, and much of the steering, all coil suspension springs, etc have been fabricated in soldered brass. The entire array of interior side and interior upper roof panels, visors, armrests, seats (hinged backrests on front assemblies), and dashboard modifications (including opening glove box) have been fabricated in styrene, and the added windshield trim, door release handles and window cranks, brake lines, engine wiring and plumbing, etc.were all done using varying gauges of plated and black jewelry wire. In April, I traveled to my brother's home to use his all season paint booth where I applied base coat/clearcoat 'factory' Seafoam Green to the various body assemblies, with Humbrol, Testors and Tamyia paints being used for assorted additional details. Though this model was really time consuming, it is a major delight to finally have the planned model completed....one that has certainly been on my mind for close to 35 years.
  3. Jaguar XK 120, Revell

    Peter, That looks OUTSTANDING!!!..... beautifully finished and really nicely photographed.
  4. A scratch build worth seeing

    Nobody does truck models like Jurgen. All his models are outstanding. And really nicely photographed as well.
  5. '55 Ford semi custom from a stock parts car

    On versions with functional side-pipes (often, they were for show only) they would often be capped (removeable) at the end, or else be operated with a mechanical cutout from inside the car. They were noisy (unmuffled). The dry-lakes racecars that inspired the custom 'lakes pipes' would typically use the removeable cap at the end of the side-pipes to plug them for getting home from the races or for normal street driving. When the late'50s and early '60s custom car trend of including bodywork from which the 'lakes-pipes exited, they were generally non functional to avoid the potential heat charring of the custom paint and bodywork. As muscle-cars replaced customs in popularity by the mid '60s, tuned headers completely superseded lakes-pipes. Nostalgia is the only reason they're seen on todays customs.
  6. '55 Ford semi custom from a stock parts car

    Although they were totally impractical, they were a ubiquetous custom trend during the '50s and early '60s.
  7. '55 Ford semi custom from a stock parts car

    Yup, that's exactly what it is. Not all splatter guards are expanded aluminum. If it's simply screening, it'll just fall apart. I've been using the expanded aluminum from mine for a few years, but soon I'll have to hunt up another.
  8. '58 Fairlane 500 Semi-Custom! Finished!

    John, you always make super attractive, period perfect customs. This one is perfect in paint , material choices, and detail......gorgeous!
  9. '55 Ford semi custom from a stock parts car

    A really good guess. I actually used the transparent red housing from a 'dollar store' ball point pen. A toothbrush was going to be my next try if the pen didn't work out. Very observant of you. Renshape is a modelling resin block used by design firms to machine prototypes, etc. It carves or machines like wood but doesn't show any grain and is stable over time. it also takes paint easily. I, fortunately, have a bunch of small blocks left over from my old designer days.....saved for this type of ocasion.
  10. I'd picked up a cheap 1/24 Ford parts car to complete another project, but I felt kinda sorry for the remaining hulk now sitting in my parts bin. I figured that if I constructed a Semi-Custom (definition: more radical than a mild custom but not chopped, channeled, or sectioned) I wouldn't need the now missing parts, and I could save the poor car from its present fate. The project took a lot longer than I expected but, heck, this is winter and I needed a project to keep me busy, It now uses a detailed Cadillac motor, modified from a basic Revell parts pack and I've formed a complete new rear design as well as a custom grille area. The new side trim is fine jewelry wire, the hood has an indented scoop, headlights are 'frenched', and I fabricated a custom 'west coast style' Carson top from Renshape. There are handmade custom details throughout, including polished aluminum battery box, polished brass radiator, custom air filter (Renshape and brass mesh), and molded in side lake pipes. The suspension is lowered and the wheels are Pegasus on AMT wide-white tires from a parts pack. Paint is custom mixed basecoat/ clearcoat, and the interior is white roll-n-pleat with white felt carpet. The '55 Ford 'semi custom together with my previous customs
  11. Why don't we have a nice Plastic Crosley kit ?

    I do love Crosleys!! My brother and I built the 1/1 kit of a '49 Crosley and even collected a few motors and Braje speed equipment along the way.
  12. This was just an enjoyable little project from some time ago. I'd picked up a couple of Mattel 1/43 HotWheels custom '55 Ford panels and thought it'd be fun to make one of them into a stock '54 ......wheels and basic chassis from an old toy 1/43 Road Champs Ford pickup, handmade '54 grille, scratchbuilt Y-block V8 (wired and plumbed), modified the hard cornered custom rear fenders to look stock, formed a wire exhaust pipe, fabricated a brass stock outside rear-view mirror, and applied basecoat/clearcoat red paint. The model only took a few days and I'm really pleased with the finished product. I modified the Mattel HW box to look look like it was an original model (personalized)
  13. Daytona 500

    I did not watch the race (I'm a sprintcar fan only) but I read some comments from the post race and here is what the fellow who was blocking and got wrecked at the end said. His comment is quoted below (Jeff Gluck was the interviewer) Jeff Gluck ✔@jeff_gluck I asked Aric Almirola if Dillon was being too aggressive with that move: "Ha! He's not driving too aggressively, he's trying to win the Daytona 500 -- just like I was." https://twitter.com/louis_wagner/status/965373811574165505 … 6:57 PM - Feb 18, 2018
  14. I took these pics in answer to a post in the 'general' forum so since I have them, they might as well be on here as well: The D-type Jaguars were one of my favorite sports racecars (from an era when style mattered and racecars were easily identified). As well as building models, I also collect some diecasts and this 1/18 metal model (mostly stamped metal body) from EXOTO back in 2011 was without a doubt the most I've ever spent on a model (even though it was on sale at the time of my purchase), but It remains, however, the most absurdly detailed model I've ever acquired. Although some versions of the Exoto D-types are still available from Exoto, the prices are now in the stratosphere. Because of the extensive detail, the model is quite fragile and just about every time I remove it from its display case, there's some part that I have to fasten back in place. This particular car evidently won the Reims 12 hour race in 1954, driven by Whitehead and Wharton.
  15. Someone say "D" Type ?

    The d-types were one of my favorite sports racecars (when style mattered and racecars were easily identified). As well as building models, I also collect some diecasts and this 1/18 metal model (mostly stamped metal body) from EXOTO back in 2011 was without a doubt the most I've ever spent on a model (even though it was on sale at the time of my purchase), but It remains, however, the most absurdly detailed model I've ever acquired. Although some versions of the Exoto D-types are still available from Exoto, the prices are now in the stratosphere. Because of the extensive detail, the model is quite fragile and just about every time I remove it from its display case, there's some part that I have to fasten back in place. This particular car evidently won the Reims 12 hour race in 1954, driven by Whitehead and Wharton. I hope my photos do it justice. This post on D-types seemed like a good time to finally take a few pics of the model.